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Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:49:56 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, after aggravating his hamstring ailment in Week 12. Head coach Mike McCoy said Mathews still has a chance to play in Week 13 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, though.
Fantasy Tip: Don't hold out hope for Mathews. Have a backup plan in place. Even if he does play, Danny Woodhead may get the bulk of the workload. Woodhead becomes virtually a must-start, especially in point-per-reception leagues, if Mathews is inactive.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:22:29 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 10. He has not been cleared to return to the practice field.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews has been known as a slow healer, so it would not be a shock to see him sit out this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. Danny Woodhead's matchup isn't great, but without Mathews around, it'd be hard not to find room for him in your lineup. Woodhead has much greater appeal in point-per-reception leagues.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:23:55 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 4, but is probable for Week 5. It's the first time he's been on the injury report this week, and head coach Mike McCoy hinted the team was just being cautious in limiting him in practice.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews shouldn't be in any danger of missing the Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders. The matchup is nice, but he's still more of an RB3 or flex guy. Danny Woodhead carries more value than Mathews in point-per-reception setups.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:14:53 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have trusted RB Ryan Mathews despite a fumble inside the red zone in the team's Week 2 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mathews has now fumbled eight times in his career and three times inside the red zone. Despite his fumble last weekend, Mathews played in the second half, although RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown split carries. Mathews was absent for the team's hurry-up drive because of his inability to prove he can hang onto the football. "You're going to play, you're going to make a mistake," head coach Mike McCoy said of his words to Mathews. "You just keep going, don't worry about the last play. Philip (Rivers) has made a mistake, there's going to be a bad call, I'll make a poor decision somewhere. You do something, keep going. The future is now, just keep playing." Mathews carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards against the Eagles.
Fantasy Tip: It's great news for Mathews owners that the new coaching staff has more patience for his ball-security issues. However, if this keeps up, Woodhead and Brown will surely see more carries. Woodhead has more upside and should be owned in most leagues, especially if it's a point-per-reception setup.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:19:53 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead is being used as a slot receiver and caught two passes in his preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals. WR Eddie Royal (lung, concussion) has been sidelined in the preseason with a bruised lung and concussion. WRs Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd are expected to be the starting wide receivers in Week 1. Woodhead may join the offense in third-down situations, and WR Keenan Allen should mostly work out of the slot.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:35:15 -0700
The San Diego Chargers are expected to use RB Danny Woodhead like they did RB Darren Sproles when he was a member of the Chargers. Woodhead is expected to be used on third downs and in the two-minute offense. He could also be used as a slot receiver at times during games.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:44:37 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) will be available to play in the team's third preseason game.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:20:08 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 12. He has not practice since Friday, Aug. 2, because of an undisclosed injury.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:45:34 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) has not participated in practice since Friday, Aug. 2, and head coach Mike McCoy has not given a specific reason for the absence. Woodhead is not expected to play in the first preseason game.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:30:42 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said he wants to use multiple running backs this season and will use the hot hand at the position. "That's the big thing. Play the hot hand while you roll. If you've got to tap out for a play or two, we'll put the next guy in," McCoy said. RB Ryan Mathews has worked with the first-team and second-team offense during practice and is part of a rotation with RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown.
Fantasy Tip: It would appear Mathews will be the starting running back entering the season but could lose carries to Woodhead and Brown because the coaches want to keep all three fresh. Mathews should be considered a No. 3 fantasy running back this season. Woodhead can be a No. 3 running back in point-per-reception leagues and a No. 4 running back in non-PPR leagues. Brown could be a No. 5 running back in deeper leagues.
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